Focus: The results of my words
The book of Proverbs has some powerful things to say about the things we say and the way we say them.
Proverbs 4:24 Remove dishonesty from your mouth. Put deceptive speech far away from your lips.
Proverbs 6:12-15 A good-for-nothing scoundrel is a person who has a dishonest mouth. He winks his eye, makes a signal with his foot, and points with his fingers. He devises evil all the time with a twisted mind. He spreads conflict. That is why disaster will come on him suddenly. In a moment he will be crushed beyond recovery.
Proverbs 6:16-19 There are six things that the Lord hates, even seven that are disgusting to Him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill innocent people, a mind devising wicked plans, feet that are quick to do wrong, a dishonest witness spitting out lies, and a person who spreads conflict among relatives.
Proverbs 10:8 The one who is truly wise accepts commands, but the one who talks foolishly will be thrown down headfirst…
Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of a righteous person is a fountain of life, but the mouths of wicked people conceal violence.
Proverbs 10:13-14 Wisdom is found on the lips of a person who has understanding, but a rod is for the back of one without sense. Those who are wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a stubborn fool invites ruin.
Proverbs 10:19-21 Sin is unavoidable when there is much talk, but whoever seals his lips is wise. The tongue of a righteous person is pure silver. The hearts of wicked people are worthless. The lips of a righteous person feed many, but stubborn fools die because they have no sense.
Proverbs 10:31-32 The mouth of a righteous person increases wisdom, but a devious tongue will be cut off. The lips of a righteous person announce good will, but the mouths of wicked people are devious.
Proverbs 11:9 With his talk a godless person can ruin his neighbor, but righteous people are rescued by knowledge.
Proverbs 11:11-12 With the blessing of decent people a city is raised up, but by the words of wicked people, it is torn down. A person who despises a neighbor has no sense, but a person who has understanding keeps quiet.
Proverbs 12:6 The words of wicked people are a deadly ambush, but the words of decent people rescue.
Proverbs 12:13-14 An evil person is trapped by his own sinful talk, but a righteous person escapes from trouble. One person enjoys good things as a result of his speaking ability. Another is paid according to what his hands have accomplished.
Proverbs 12:17-20 A truthful witness speaks honestly, but a lying witness speaks deceitfully. Careless words stab like a sword, but the words of wise people bring healing. The word of truth lasts forever, but lies last only a moment. Deceit is in the heart of those who plan evil, but joy belongs to those who advise peace.
Proverbs 13:3 Whoever controls his mouth protects his own life. Whoever has a big mouth comes to ruin.
Proverbs 13:14 The teachings of a wise person are a fountain of life to turn one away from the grasp of death.
Proverbs 14:3 Because of a stubborn fool’s words a whip is lifted against him, but wise people are protected by their speech.
Proverbs 14:23 In hard work there is always something gained, but idle talk leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 15:1-2 A gentle answer turns away rage, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongues of wise people give good expression to knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out a flood of stupidity. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue breaks the spirit.
Declaration: I will find new strength by giving serious thought as to the possible influence my words have had on my struggle with depression and dependency. In my recovery journey, I will pay attention to what I say and how I say it, so that my words don’t keep me from moving forward.
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